Coastal Carolina advances to CWS Final Four, faces TCU tonight

Coastal Carolina and TCU meet again Friday night in the College World Series.

This time it will be in the Final Four with a berth in the best-of-three championship series at stake.

TCU beat CCU 6-1 on Tuesday night so the Chanticleers will have to beat the Horned Frogs twice to advance. If they win Friday, the team play against on Saturday.

The Chanticleers will start their ace, Andrew Beckwith (13-1, 2.02 ERA) Friday night.

"If it's the guy they threw Game 1, he's tough," said Texas Tech head coach Tim Tadlock. "He was as tough as I've seen."

Beckwith led the Chanticleers to a 2-1 victory against No. 1 Florida in their CWS opener on Sunday. TCU beat Texas Tech 5-3 in its opener.

CCU eliminated Tadlock's fifth-seeded Red Raiders with a 7-5 victory in an elimination game Thursday night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

"A lot of people thought we just wanted to come out here," said CCU head coach Gary Gilmore. "I think they've shown they want to stay out here. Couldn't be prouder of them. ... We're just confident."

Six of Coastal's seven runs were unearned, thanks to three errors by Texas Tech.

CCU rallied from a 3-1 deficit with three runs in the third inning to take a 4-3 advantage. They tacked on three more runs in the fifth inning to increase their lead to 7-3.

David Parrett, who was hitting just .130 this season, went 2 for 4 and drove in three runs for the Chants.

"I call him 'Sargeant' because if there's ever been a Navy SEAL that's played for me, that guy is it," Gilmore said. "He's the most fit guy, the hardest-working guy, the most positive young man. He's had one of those seasons up until today you kind of want to forget about compared to what he did last year.

"If there's a way the game evens itself out over a season, he's had a couple of moments down the stretch and today was the crowning moment."

After a rocky start by freshman pitcher Jason Bilous, CCU's Mike Morrison and Bobby Holmes combined to strikeout eight batters over the final 6.2 innings, allowing just two runs on just four hits.

In the other CWS semifinal, Oklahoma State will play Arizona on Friday at 3 p.m. EST. Arizona must beat Oklahoma State twice to move into the finals.

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— Coastal Carolina U. (@CCUChanticleers) June 22, 2016

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— Coastal Carolina U. (@CCUChanticleers) June 22, 2016

• Game highlights
• CCU’s College World Series Central

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